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GAMEDAY: U18s Face Russia in Prelim Tilt

By USA Hockey, 04/15/17, 6:45AM EDT


The U.S. looks to stay undefeated against Russia

The U.S. plays Russia, who is coming off a 3-1 come-from-behind victory against Sweden on Thursday evening. Forward Andrei Svechnikov scored twice while goaltender Maxim Zhukov stopped 43 of 44 shots in the Russian victory.

The United States and Russia are meeting for the 17th time in IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship history. Russia is the only team in the tournament with a winning record against the U.S. all-time (5-1-0-10-0) (W-OTW-OTL-L-T).

The U.S. was victorious in the last matchup between the two countries. On April 16, 2016, the U.S. defeated Russia 8-2 in a preliminary round game which marked the largest ever margin of victory between the two teams. Russia has a slight edge in goals for (54) versus the U.S. (53) all-time. The two teams last met in the medal round in 2009 when the U.S. shutout Russia 5-0 to secure its first of four-consecutive gold medals (2009-2012).

USA Schedule

April 7 Exhibition vs. Belarus W, 5-2 Hodonin, Czech Republic
April 10 Exhibition vs. Finland W, 5-2 ZS Spisska Nova Ves
April 13 Belarus W, 7-0 ZS Spisska Nova Ves NHL Network
April 15 Russia W, 5-4 ZS Spisska Nova Ves NHL Network
April 17 Czech Republic W, 5-2 ZS Spisska Nova Ves NHL Network
April 18 Sweden W, 5-1 ZS Spisska Nova Ves NHL Network
April 20 Switzerland
W, 4-2 ZS Spisska Nova Ves NHL Network
April 22 Sweden
W, 4-3 OT ZS Poprad NHL Network
April 23 Finland • Gold Medal Game W, 4-2 ZS Poprad NHL Network


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